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Henderson Island-Links and Books

The only 2 other websites on the Internet about Henderson Island are Henderson Island, this site is maintained by Lynn Garry Salmon, and Henderson Island UNESCO World Heritage Website about Henderson Island. Some of the references below were collected by Lynn Salmon

I contacted Paul J. Lareau who runs thePitcairn Island Website and asked him for information about Henderson Island. This is what he replied:

I'm sure you're aware of the 1983 attempt by Arthur M. "Smiley" Ratliff to purchase or lease Henderson, put an airstrip on it, and turn it into a habitable place, making Pitcairn itself more viable. The idea was ultimately scotched by International ecological groups who felt it would destroy too many unique species of animals and plants.

That is one of the stories mentioned in Spencer Murray's "Pitcairn Island: the First 200 Years". Spence also wrote another small book, "The Five Neighbors of Pitcairn Island", where he takes a look at the history, topography, and fauna/flora of each of the Islands in the group. If you don't have that book, you should probably get it. You can write for a catalog from:

Bounty Sagas
P.O. Box 1302
La Canada, CA 91012-5302

Spence runs that small bookstore that only deals with books and items about the Bounty, Pitcairn, Norfolk, and related issues.

They don't have an e-mail address. I hope he gets on line some time. I refer many people to him. You can snailmail him, or FAX him at (818)248-1098.

From Dr Marshall Weisler, Department of Anthropology,University of Otago,Dunedin, New Zealand, I received the following information:

Besides my paper in the volume edited by Benton and Spencer, the following have discussions about Henderson Island archaeology:

There will also be an article in DISCOVER magazine, probably in July (1997).

Rossman P. Irwin III a geologist, who is organizing a project to put up a permanent climate station on Ducie to study atmospheric, surface, and oceanographic data from this remote region, has sent the following comment:

I am in the process of moving and most of my binders are in boxes, so the references I can give you will be from memory at this point...but here goes:

The best references by far on Henderson Island are the recent book put out by Tim Burton and Tom Spencer and others, containing fifty or so papers from the 1991 Commemorative Expedition to Henderson, available at $50 plus postage from Spencer Murray (Bounty Sagas). I recommend supporting Spencer's business whenever possible. The book is very complete at 400 and some-odd pages.

The Smithsonian 1987 Expedition is chronicled in the Atoll Research Bulletin in an entire issue in 1989, 250 or so pages with lots of unfortunately B/W pictures. Nine papers I think in that one. This is a very uncirculated thing put out by the Smithsonian, and your best bet is to hit the nearest University library and order it.

Ian Macintyre at the Smithsonian Institution Atoll Research Bureau is the source to obtain a copy of the Atoll Research Bulletin issue mentioned above.

This is the The Sir Peter Scott Commemorative Expedition volume also referred to above:

Pitcairn Islands : Biogeography, Ecology and Prehistory by T. G. Benton (Contributor), T. Spencer (Editor)

List: $49.95


Published by Academic Press

Publication date: May 1996

Table of Contents

  1. Foreword: Introduction to the Exploration of the Pitcairn Islands By J. Diamond
  2. Introduction: The Sir Peter Scott Commemorative Expedition to the Pitcairn Islands 1991-1992 By T. Spencer, T. G. Benton
  3. Structure, topography and vegetation: the significance of raised reef islands By T. Spencer, T. G. Benton
  4. The Pitcairn Islands, South Pacific Ocean: plate tectonic and climatic contexts By T. Spencer
  5. Late Quaternary history of Henderson Island, Pitcairn Group By S. G. Blake
  6. Geomorphology of the uplifted Pleistocene atoll at Henderson Island, Pitcairn Group By J. M. Pandolfi
  7. The flora of the Pitcairn Islands: a review By J. Florence, S. Waldren, A. J. Chepstow-Lusty
  8. A comparison of the vegetation communities from the islands of the Pitcairn Group By S. Waldren, J. Florence, A. J. Chepstow-Lusty
  9. The birds of Henderson Island: ecological studies in a near pristine ecosystem By T. G. Benton, T. Spencer
  10. The diet of the Henderson fruit dove Ptilinopus insularis. I. Field observations of fruit choice By M. de L. Brooke, P. J. Jones
  11. Behaviour, natural history, and annual cycle of the Henderson Island Rail Porzana atra (Aves: Rallidae) By P. Jones, S. Schubel, J. Jolly, M. de L. Brooke, J. Vickery
  12. The feeding ecology of Stephen's lory and nectar availability in its food plants By R. Trevelyan
  13. The modern avifauna of the Pitcairn Islands By M. de L. Brooke
  14. The breeding biology of the gadfly petrels Pterodroma spp. of the Pitcairn Islands: characteristics, population sizes and controls By M. de L. Brooke
  15. Food of three sympatric gadfly petrels (Pterodroma spp.) breeding on the Pitcairn Islands By M. J. Imber, J. N. Jolly, M. de L. Brooke
  16. Biogeographic processes at the limits of the Indo-West Pacific Province By T. G. Benton, T. Spencer
  17. Biodiversity and biogeography of Henderson Island's insects By T. G. Benton
  18. Biodiversity and origin of the non-flying terrestrial arthropods of Henderson Island By T. G. Benton, P. T. Lehtinen
  19. Systematic review of the land snails of the Pitcairn Islands By R. C. Preece
  20. Near-shore bathymetry and reef biotopes of Henderson Island, Pitcairn Group By R. A. Irving
  21. Seasonality and numbers of green turtles Chelonia mydas nesting on the Pitcairn Islands By M. de L. Brooke
  22. Initial checklist of fishes from Henderson Island, Pitcairn Group By R. A. Irving, J. Jamieson, J. E. Randall
  23. The composition and relationships of the marine molluscan fauna of the Pitcairn Islands By R. C. Preece
  24. Marine Ostracoda from Pitcairn, Oeno and Henderson Islands By R. Whatley, R. Roberts
  25. The Foraminifera of the Pitcairn Islands By J. E. Whittaker, R. L. Hodgkinson
  26. Man's impact on the Pitcairn Islands By T. Spencer, T. G. Benton
  27. Henderson Island prehistory: colonization and extinction on a remote Polynesian island By M. I. Weisler
  28. The fossil birds of Henderson Island, Pitcairn Group: natural turnover and human impact, a synopsis By G. M. Wragg
  29. From castaways to throwaways: marine litter in the Pitcairn Islands By T. G. Benton

Steve Waldren (Botanic Garden Curator/Administrator), Trinity College Botanic Garden, Dublin, who spent three months on Henderson Island in 1991 (and who is returning to the island in June 1997), has sent the following list of where information on the flora of Henderson can be found:

More on Henderson Island:

Henderson Island References

The following references were helpfully provided to Lynn Garry Salmon by Francisco Felipe

Fernandez Quiros, one of the most skillful navigators of his time, sailed in his 2nd trip from Callao (Peru) the 21st of December 1605 reaching Ducie (he named it "Luna puesta") the 26th of January 1606 and Henderson three days later. The captains of the other ships of his fleet sighted Ducie and Henderson, as well.

Contents of this website

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Henderson's History Henderson's Geography Henderson's Flora and Fauna
Why am I interested? First hand accounts. Links and Books.
Map of the Island. Pictures of the Island. The Monkey Story

New information about the skeletons found on Henderson Island in 1958!
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"Robert Tomarchin, a 27-year-old U.S. citizen and his pet ape Moko" - in 1957 .
Photo courtesy of Dr. Herbert Ford , of the Pitcairn Islands Study Center at Pacific Union College.

The Monkey Story: Read the true story of Robert Tomarchin and his chimpanzee left on Henderson Island by a Canadian yacht in 1957! New information has also come to light and is now presented here.

The Monkey Story

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